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Monday, January 5, 2008 8:45am to 10:15am
Secrets of How to Have the Best Year Ever"

Paul DiGrigoli
is the owner and president of DiGrigoli Salons, Inc., DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology, and DiGrigoli Advanced Academy.

Paul DiGrigoli has been a successful salon owner and hairdresser for more than 27 years and is currently operating a 24-chair salon in West Springfield, Massachusetts. His design team are the official stylists for local television news (WWLP) and radio (WMAS) on-air personalities.

He also owns nationally-accredited DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology in West Springfield, which has been in operation since 2002. In addition to serving as the Cosmetology Program Director, Paul teaches his students advanced hair cutting techniques and business courses that are focused on preparing graduates for the professional workplace.

Outside of his own salon and school, Paul offers customized in-salon training programs for stylists and owners as well as business leadership and motivational seminars for professionals working both inside and out of the beauty industry. For the last 15 years, he has been a featured trainer at beauty shows across the country. Each of his seminars has been built from his own personal experience and accumulated wealth of business knowledge in the hair industry. Time and time again, his presentations have effectively helped organizations of any size to redefine a clear path to success.

Paul also serves on Advisory Boards for the STCC Scibelli Enterprise Center and Bay Path College, helping students and burgeoning entrepreneurs in the local community. Paul is a visionary; his passion and persistence are the main drivers that have helped him to achieve significant goals throughout his career, including being the first recipient of the NACCE "Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 2003.










Cem Erdem (pronounced Gem) is founder, President and CEO of Augusoft, Inc., the first software company to establish Web-based lifelong learning management systems specifically designed for the educational institutions. Augusoft today celebrates over fourteen years of innovation under his leadership. Erdem, a Turkish born native left Hilton Corporation in 1994 for the United States with the fascination of the Internet and the learning possibilities it could bring to people and businesses. Erdem’s foresight and vision to advance and improve the delivery of Lifelong Learning for everyone have been central to the success of Augusoft’s products and services. Erdem encourages and facilitates leaders in lifelong learning to reach outside their mainstream environment to gain institutional transformation.

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